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Sound off: My granddaughter has been threatened in school. What should I do?

“Lawrence public schools encourage anyone with a school safety concern to notify the child’s teacher, school counselor or principal. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily at the school level, please contact the school district office at 832-5000,” said Julie Boyle, the district’s director of communications. “The Kansas School Safety Hotline enables the anonymous reporting of safety concerns: 1-877-626-8203. In the event of an emergency, call 911.”


Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

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Tim Quest 6 years, 4 months ago

With as big of a problem as bullying is in schools right now, it is appalling that you would 1) say such a thing - you clearly got bullied a lot as a kid (and perhaps as an adult) and 2) the staff would allow such hateful comments to stand.

parrothead8 6 years, 4 months ago

Have you figured out yet how your parents screwed up?

awhatha 6 years, 4 months ago

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Matt Schwartz 6 years, 4 months ago

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Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 4 months ago

Sychophant your post is so out of line I am surprised LJW has let it stay up. To the Grandmother Goodluck getting the problem taken care of I suggest that you call the police if the school still has not done any thing to solve the problem. Seems drastic but sometimes that is what it takes.

katatnite 6 years, 4 months ago

@ TheSychophant She did not say she has custody of her granddaughter and if she does maybe her son or daughter died, you never know. Maybe mother and daughter live with grandmother so she does not have to live alone. Your comment was mean and cruel. Talk about bullying ! Don't let bullying continue. Call the police.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 4 months ago

Sychophant or sycho rant? Were you a hurdler in school? because you sure jump over a lot of stuff to get where you want to go.

Bud Stagg 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree. there will always be bullies. It's part of growing up, a learning time for those who are bullied and those who bully. Most bullies are actually insecure and bully to make themselves feel in control and have self worth. Wrong fix for that problem, but a natural one.

mom_of_three 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree. As kids, did we have to worry about bullies going through facebook, twitter, or email and even creating their own pages to harass other students? NO, we didn't.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

You are really out of touch. Probably in your day, all someone had to do was to tell your parents you were being a tool or cruel. The parents don't even know each other any more, and some don't even know their kid is part of a gang. The schools are larger, smaller class rooms gave teachers great control, issues were often resolved. Now days kids are being bullied to death, threatened, ganged on. Calling victims soft is stupid and ignorant.

Kat Christian 6 years, 4 months ago

Are you serious to ask this question? DUH!! First, find out from your child who has threatened her and how serious is the threat. If your child is really upset about it then the next step is to "GO SEE THE Principal fo the school" Make the Principal aware they need to do their job by notifying (that day and not wait a few days) the parents of the child who made the threats. Then have those parents in with the child to discuss the consequences if it continues. If the treats continue then that child should be suspended for 3 days. Obviously, if the child continues to make threats it should be expelled from school for the rest of the year. Personally, I would find out where the kid lived or its phone number and call the parents myself - not to argue, but to inform them if it happens again I will call the police and we will deal with it in court. Otherwise if the threat is of a silly nature I taught my child how to verbally put the other kid in its place (without using obvious insults, but to give the brat something to think about (if at all they are capable of it). So far its been a useful tool for him and matters are solved instantly with any violance. The bottom line is to be pro-active and call the officials on their responsbilitiy towards the safety of their children. They talk a big talk - so we as parents have a right to see it in action and if that means urging them into action so be it. But just don't assume they will follow through - the parent is the one who has to stay on top of it. Because we are our child's advocate.

pace 6 years, 4 months ago

it seems the school's answer confines the resolution to only the school system. Sound off should ask the police what to do if a threatening situation isn't resolved by the school system. Kids are wonderful, sometimes they need guidance and consequences. Sometimes kids harm and kill. Threats should be dealt with seriously.

kernal 6 years, 4 months ago

I don't advocate contacting the parents of the alleged bully before talking with the school principal or police. That could just escalate things if the bully's home life has contributed to his or her actions.

The Lawrence school district supposedly has a bully policy in place. That policy won't work if the school is not made aware of a problem that exists between some of their students. I suggest you give the school two business days to respond, unless the threat is for bodily harm. If that's the case, contact the police and the principal before the student returns to school Monday.

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